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What is a solar electricity panel?
Solar electricity panels are also known as 'Photovoltaic' or PV modules. In simple terms, we've taken the words photo (light) & voltaic (electricity) and made them into a word that's hard to say without a bit of practice. In industry jargon, we call these panels 'PV' because it's much easier to say.

Solar Panels simply consist of solar cells made of semi conducting materials such as silicone, which convert sunlight into electricity. When sunlight is absorbed the solar energy knocks electrons loose from their atoms and the electrons then flow through the silicone cells producing low voltage 'DC' (Direct Current) electricity.

To make a solar electricity system the solar electricity panels are joined together to form a 'solar array'. The electrical output of the solar array will depend on the number and size of the solar electricity panels used.

For example, 6 x 190 Watt solar electricity panels generate 1140 Watts, or just over one kilowatt of power. 8 x 190 Watt panels represent 1,520 Watts or around 1.5 kilowatts, and so on. In simple terms, the more solar panels, the more kilowatts of electricity generated.

If you'd like further information on sizes of solar electricity systems, simply give us a call on 1300 397 763
What's a Grid Connected solar electricity system?
Solar Electric panels generate electricity using the photovoltaic (PV) effect. A number of solar panels are fitted to your roof and convert light into DC electricity. This electricity is fed through an inverter, where it is converted to AC electricity then sent directly to the house or through a meter directly into the grid.

When you use electricity you are using either solar generated power or power from the grid if the solar energy is insufficient. If you are using little or no electricity at the time it's being generated, your solar system is feeding electricity back into the grid and the electric company buys that power from you.

In effect, your home becomes a mini power station generating electricity and selling it to the grid for use by you or your neighbours. If you consistently generate more electricity than you use, the electricity company may pay you for the excess.

If you'd like further information on turning your home into a mini power station, simply give us a call on 1300 397 763
How does a grid connected system work?
* Low voltage DC electricity is generated by the solar array
* The DC electricity is fed to the inverter which changes it to 240V AC
* Appliances in the home use solar electricity direct from the inverter
* Any excess electricity flows through a meter and is sold to the electricity grid at the applicable 'Feed In' tariff
* Electricity also flows back from the grid through the meter as per normal

If you'd like further information on the operation of a grid connect system, simply give us a call on 1300 397 763
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Can I power my whole home with my new solar electricity system?
'Grid connected' solar electricity systems are not intended to provide enough electricity to power your entire home, rather they're intended to:
* Reduce the amount of electricity you purchase from the electricity grid, thereby reducing your power bills
* Lower your electricity costs by providing any excess electricity back to the grid when you're not using it. Your electricity retailer will pay you for this excess.

If you'd like further information on selling excess power back to your electricity provider, simply give us a call on 1300 397 763
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Can I heat my hot water with my new Solar electricity system?
There are two types of solar 'collectors' or 'panels' available on the market - solar photovoltaic (PV), which make low voltage electricity and solar thermal, which generates heat. As the large amounts of energy required to heat water can't be efficiently generated through solar electricity (PV) type panels, you'll also need to purchase a solar water heater to obtain the benefits of energy efficient solar water heating

If you'd like further information on Solar hot water, take a look at the frequently asked questions in our Solar hot water section on this site, or call us now on 1300 397 763
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What's better, Solar Hot Water or Solar Electricity?
This is an easy one - they both provide substantial reductions in your purchased energy costs and your household greenhouse gas emissions. They simply provide energy for different functions. A solar water heater can't provide electricity and a solar electricity system can't provide hot water.

When you install both systems on your home as many of our customers choose to do, they'll both complement each other by reducing your overall energy costs. This'll reduce your household running costs and your green house gas emissions.

If you'd like to save money on the purchase price of both solar hot water & solar electricity, call us now on 1300 397 763
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Can I expand the size of my system with more panels later on?
It is possible to increase the size of your solar electricity system by increasing the amount of solar panels. It is important to be aware that the size of the inverter supplied with your system may need to be upgraded if the amount of power generated exceeds the size of your inverter.

To find out what sizing options you have, simply give us a call on 1300 397 763
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What's an inverter and why do I need one?
Your new solar electricity system generates DC electricity, however because your home runs on 240 volt AC electricity, the solar generated power needs to be converted to 240 volts AC - this is done by your inverter.

Once your inverter converts the DC to 240 volt AC, the electricity is then fed into your home, or into the electricity grid.

To find out what inverter options you have, simply give us a call on 1300 397 763
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Where do you install the batteries for my new grid connected system?
The beauty of having a grid connected solar electricity system is that there is no requirement for expensive batteries. Your system simply provides electricity to your home if you're using it when it's being generated - or it provides any excess electricity back to the grid and you receive payment for this. In effect, you become a mini power station.

To find out more about turning your home into a mini power station, simply give us a call on 1300 397 763
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Will I need a new electricity meter?
If you wish to take advantage of the new premium feed in tariffs available in some states, you will need to arrange a new 'bi directional' or 'gross' meter through your electricity provider.

It's important to note, that organizing the installation and the costs associated with your new meter are not part of the installation work carried out by our installation team. Our team will be able to assist with the relevant compliance paperwork, but the agreement for the new meter will be between you and your electricity provider.

For further information on arranging your meter, please call us on 1300 397 763
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How much can I save?
The savings brought about by the installation of Solar Hot Water or Solar Electricity to your home can be measured three fold.
1. Direct savings on your energy bills
2. Property Value
3. Environmental Impact

Click here for the Solar Savings Calculator

For a cost & obligation free site inspection and electricity usage audit,
Simply call us on 1300 397 763

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What are Small Scale Technology Certificates (STCs)?
Small Scale Technology Certificates, or STC's, are utilized by large commercial users of electricity to meet stringent renewable energy targets set by the Australian Federal Government. Failure to meet these targets can result in large fines by these 'liable parties'. As a consequence, these 'liable parties' need to source their STC's from small domestic renewable energy systems such as solar water heaters and solar electricity systems.

In simple terms, one Small Scale Technology Certificate or 'STC' represents one megawatt hour of electricity generated from an approved renewable energy source such as a solar electricity (PV) system. The more efficient the solar electricity system, the more STC's it is able to generate. As a general rule, when you purchase a solar electricity system, you're are able to create up to 15 years worth of calculated STC's upon installation.

You can then gain a financial benefit from assigning your right to create STC's for your solar electricity system to reduce the purchase price of your new system. Depending on where you live, the system purchased and the value of the STC's at the time of assigning them, you may be able to reduce the purchase price by thousands of dollars. It should be noted that the value of the STC's does fluctuate depending on demand by the 'liable parties'.

For further information on how much you can save by assigning your STC's, simply call us on 1300 397 763
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What's this I hear about a new Solar Rebate Scheme?
Although not technically a rebate, the Federal Government has recently introduced a new 'Solar Credits Scheme', whereby solar electricity systems are able to have the STC's (Small Scale Technology Certificates) generated on the first 1.5kWh's multiplied by 3.

As an example, depending on where you live, a standard Solar Smart 1.52kW solar electricity system may generate 27 STC's. Under the Solar Credit Scheme, this system may generate up to 80 STC's.

Depending on the STC values at the time of installation, the price of your new 1.52kW system can be reduced by up to $2000.00, or more.

This Multiplying effect (x3) is legislated to reduce on the 1st of July 2012

For further information on how much you can save by assigning your STC's under the new Small Credits Scheme, simply call us on 1300 397 763
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Are the STC's or the new Solar Credits Scheme means tested?
As the Small Scale Technology Certificates and the Solar Credits Scheme are technically not 'rebates' there's no means testing, so everyone is now eligible to take advantage of the incentives available to increase the up take of renewable energy technologies.

For further information on your eligibility to the incentive schemes available, simply call us on 1300 397 763
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Will I still have power if the electricity grid shuts down?
Your new solar electricity system has built in 'anti islanding' technology which is designed to shut the system down immediately the electricity grid loses power. This is a safety requirement to ensure that electricity from your system is not fed back into the grid while repairs are being carried out. Once the electricity is restored to the grid, your solar electricity system will automatically reset itself.

For further information on the safety features of a solar electricity system, simply call us on 1300 397 763
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How much power is actually generated?
As you can appreciate, the amount of solar energy available fluctuates constantly dependant upon the time of year, weather conditions throughout the day and where you live. As a consequence, performance data is generally based around long term statistical averages and 'standardized' conditions.

If we take a 1.5kW system installed in Melbourne for example, working on these averages the following would be realistic expectations :
* Melbourne has around 3.6 'peak' sun hours during the day averaged out over 12 months.
* As such, a 1.5kW system could provide around 5.5 - 6 kilowatt hours of electricity per day averaged out over a year under standard operating conditions.

For further information on our full range of sizes, simply call us on 1300 397 763
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Can I select a bigger system or add panels to my current system later?
We provide a range of standard systems starting at 1kw up to 50kW and larger if needed. If you decide to purchase a small system at first with the intention of upgrading later, you can simply add solar panels when you want and upgrade the inverter.

For further information on upgrading your system and inverter simply call us on 1300 397 763
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How many solar electricity panels do I need?
The easiest way to work out what size system you are looking for is to refer to our easy to use Solar Calculator.
Click here to get started or contact our office on 1300 397 763
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Can I expand the size of my system with more panels later on?
It is possible to increase the size of your solar electricity system by increasing the amount of solar panels. It is important to be aware that the size of the inverter supplied with your system may need to be upgraded if the amount of power generated exceeds the size of your inverter.

To find out what sizing options you have, simply give us a call on 1300 397 763
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What direction should my new solar electricity panels face?
As Australia is in the southern hemisphere, to obtain maximum performance solar electricity panels need to be installed facing North, or as close to North as possible. In general, facing collectors in a North Easterly or North Westerly direction will have very little impact on the overall performance.

While it is possible to face the solar panels directly East or West, this can reduce their efficiency however not as much as you may think.

German's solar potential average l is 50% of Australia's

To find out if your roof is suitable for maximizing solar efficiency, give us a call on 1300 397 763.
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How good is the quality of your solar electricity systems?
Like our solar hot water systems, our range of solar electricity systems are manufactured to the highest standards demanded both in Australia and internationally. Unlike some cheaper systems, our range of solar panels are built to a performance and longevity criteria - not a cheap price. Such is the quality of our systems that our range of solar panels are provided with a 25 year performance warranty.

To find out more about our quality range of solar electricity systems, simply call us on 1300 397 763
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Will my new solar panels be damaged by hail or storms?
Strict Australian Standards guidelines ensure that any solar panels sold in Australia are designed to withstand the ravages of our climate, including things like wind, rain and hail. As an added measure, your new solar electricity system can be covered by your household insurance.
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Can I install my new solar electricity system myself?
Your new solar electricity system creates high voltage electricity capable of causing death. As such, it can only be installed by qualified trades people. Your new system will require the services of people with the appropriate electrical qualifications and solar electricity installation certification.

'Home handyman' type installations are very dangerous and illegal in all States & Territories. Small Scale Certificates and the new Solar Credits scheme are also not available in these cases. Our designers and installers are accredited by the Clean Energy Council, which means:
* They have undergone the necessary professional training
* They follow industry best practice
* They must adhere to Australian Standards
* They routinely update their skills and product knowledge
* In addition, our installers are licensed electricians.

For detailed information on our accredited installation service, simply give us a call on 1300 397 763
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Why should I request a cost & obligation free site inspection?
Just like our range of solar electricity systems, types of homes & families and their electricity usage patterns are many and varied. What's ideal for one home may be unsuitable for another.

We've found that a simple site inspection and audit of your electrical usage patterns provides our customers with all the information they need to make an informed decision on the system that best suits their needs.

We'll look at things like the size of your home, type of roofing material, roof space, condition of your electrical meter box, the amount of people in your family, etc, etc. Yes we can look at google and check your house but not your switch board. Once we've undertaken your cost & obligation free inspection, you'll have an exact cost of your preferred system, including all the incentive scheme information you're eligible for and total supplied & installed costs after incentives. You'll then be able to make an informed decision based on costs, and your lifestyle.

For a cost & obligation free site inspection and electricity usage audit, simply call us on 1300 397 763
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Does it take long to install?
With our team of professional, courteous and fully licensed Installers we need only 4-5 hours to fully install your solar power or solar hot water systems, depending on the size and scope of the work. This will be done at a time that is convenient to you and all members of your household. We value customer service highly in all aspects of our business at Solar Dynamics and look forward to forming a long lasting relationship with our Customers as we assist you to ensure that your home has a total Solar Solution.

For a cost & obligation free site inspection and electricity usage audit, simply call us on 1300 397 763
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